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Cycling lawyer welcomes call to change junction rules

Personal injury lawyer Andrew Bradley, who specialises in cycling claims, has welcomed a call to change junction rules

Cyclists and pedestrians

8 December 2016

A personal injury lawyer who has represented hundreds of cyclists who have been injured on the roads has welcomed a call from ex-cycling champion Chris Boardman to change junction rules.
Boardman, who won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics, is now a policy advisor for British Cycling. He has called for road users in Britain to follow the European standard where anyone turning at a junction gives way.
British Cycling has teamed up with pedestrian groups and the AA to call for the change in order to make junctions safer and simpler for all road users. They have launched a petition to allow members of the public to show their support.
The changes would mean:
  • Drivers turning at a junction giving way to people cycling and walking who may be on the driver’s nearside, or crossing the road they wish to turn into.
  • Cyclists turning at a junction giving way to people walking who are crossing the road the cyclist wishes to turn into.
  • Pedestrians getting increased protection when crossing a side road or other junction.
Boardman, whose mother was killed in a collision while cycling, said: “Whether driving, cycling or walking, negotiating a junction is the most hazardous manoeuvre you can make on the road – this is evidenced by the fact that nearly two thirds of motor vehicle collisions take place at junctions.
“There are at least 14 different rules in the Highway Code which relate to people walking and cycling at junctions, and it can be difficult for anyone to interpret what is the correct behaviour. A change needs to be made – the rules need to be simple and unambiguous.”
Andrew Bradley, a partner in law firm Leigh Day’s personal injury team, specialises in cycling claims. He said: “We see numerous incidents of cyclists being injured as a result of vehicles turning left across their path, and it is surprising how often in these situations the vehicle driver will argue that they have not done anything wrong. Therefore anything that makes the rules clearer will hopefully help to make our roads safer for all road users, and we fully support this call for change by British Cycling and their partners.”

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